How Can I Get Involved?

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

The New Jersey State Legislative Apportionment Commission has announced five public hearings as part of the state legislative redistricting process. 

  • Wednesday, January 26 at 6PM (Virtual hearing)

  • Wednesday, February 2 at 12PM (Virtual hearing) 

  • Saturday, February 5 at 10AM (Virtual hearing) 

  • Wednesday, February 9 at 6PM (In-person @ location TBD)*

The public hearings will be livestreamed at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/

To sign up to testify, visit https://www.apportionmentcommission.org/schedule.asp

To read tiebreaker Philip Carchman's standards for a new map, click here.

 

TRAINING SESSIONS: GETTING PREPPED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS:

You know your neighborhood better than anyone else. You are the expert on your community and its needs.

The Institute will hold sessions to train you on how to tell the people drawing new district lines about your community and its interests in order to optimize your political power.

What is Redistricting?

 

Redistricting is the process of redrawing our political boundaries for state and federal representation.

This process happens once every 10 years. That means these political boundaries will be used for the next decade. 

Having your district fairly represent your community is essential for ensuring you get the representation you deserve.  

These lines are drawn based on input from advocates, other interested parties and (most importantly) people like you – but only if you make your voice heard. 

Now is the time to get involved! 

Why Does It Matter?

 

Redistricting impacts who runs for office, who is elected, and especially what policies become law.  

Fair maps are essential to making sure your voice is heard. 

More than 48% of New Jersey’s population are people of color. In 11 out of 21 counties, the combined Black, Latina/Latino and Asian population will soon exceed 37% - which would allow for the drawing of people of color coalition districts.  

People have moved in, out and around our state in the last decade.  

New Jersey is not the same as it was 10 years ago. 

Our maps do not reflect who we are.  

We must change that. 

What Is At Stake?

 

Your community and your voice.  

If we don't pay attention, those in power can meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps to benefit themselves, not you.  

Those in power shouldn’t cut up your neighborhoods to suit their needs — your community should be able to come together to elect the person you think best represents you. 

Who Is In Charge Of Redistricting?

 

In New Jersey, for legislative and congressional redistricting, we have bipartisan commissions - an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, with one independent tie-breaker. 

Traditionally, both commissions, either because it is required by the constitution or by custom, hold three public hearings during the process.  

The commissions are required to have geographic diversity in their membership. 

There is no other required public participation component and no other diversity requirement in the makeup of the commissions. 

 

Redistricting is the foundation of our representative democracy. 

All communities – especially historically marginalized communities, like Black and other communities of color – must have a voice in the process.

Racial Equity Congressional Redistricting Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download a full pdf copy of the Racial Equity Congressional Redistricting Map.

Download the shape files or a CSV copy. 

(Note: mapping software may be required)

See our PlanScore!

 Communities of Interest

Read our Communities of Interest Report.

 

Adopted New Jersey Congressional Districts: 2022-2031 Map

See the newly adopted map.

Racial Equity Map Supporters

 

The organizations supporting this map include the Association of Black Women Lawyers - NJ; Fair Share Housing Center; Faith in New Jersey; the Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School; Good Government Coalition of New Jersey, Latino Action Network; Latino Coalition of New Jersey; League of Women Voters of New Jersey; Make the Road New Jersey; NAACP New Jersey State Conference; New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice; New Jersey Appleseed; NASW-NJ; New Jersey Black Issues Convention; New Jersey Citizen Action; New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; New Jersey Working Families; SALDEF; Salvation and Social Justice; SOMA Action and United Black Agenda (the “Racial Equity Map Coalition”).